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Is it safe to let a 2yr old hit a punchbag?

Old 14th Nov 2007, 10:14
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Is it safe to let a 2yr old hit a punchbag?

I have a dilemna. My two yr old son found my boxing gloves the other night and proceeded to scream the place down until I put them on him. Ok, they were a bit big (understatement of the year) but he seems to love them and loves punching me. (Wonder why)
Anyway, maybe one of you can tell me if it's safe to let him hit our punchbag if I get him a smaller set of gloves. Could it damage his bones/hands etc in anyway being so young? Should I wait or encourage it.
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 10:17
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I wouldn't encourage a two year old to hit anything. Next stop, a doughboy in the twins for you my friend.
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 10:19
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Could do what we do in Manchester-get him a gun
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 10:58
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 12:46
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At his age, he cold do damage to growing bones/ligaments. Best teach him some manners, like screaming doesn't get you your own way, and that punching people is not a form of recreation.

Why is it parents give into kids that scream and throw tantrums? All the kids learn is that screaming IS the way to get what you want.
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 12:54
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Screaming + punching = timeout

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Old 14th Nov 2007, 12:56
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NO, NO, NOooooooooooooo. The damage he could do would ruin his bones and your life. You would never forgive yourself.
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 13:41
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The official (medical) line is that kids, whatever age, should be discouraged from participating in a point which rewards beating the opponent senseless.

I know where my feelings lie.

So it's over to JBer's to gauge the feelings of the "man on the street."
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Old 14th Nov 2007, 13:55
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It's very unlikely that he has the strength to damage the punchbag.

Therefore perfectly safe - tell him to go ahead and give it all he's got!
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Only unsafe if he's hitting the punchbag from inside.

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Old 14th Nov 2007, 14:00
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...or if you're hitting him with the punchbag.

You could miss and catch yourself in the goolies!!
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 01:09
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I have to say, I think boxing is the most barbaric and senseless sport there ever was (well, OK, in MODERN times...) and I don't know why any parent would want to encourage it at this age?

Just my thoughts. Having said that, my three slap each other silly when I'm not watching.
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 02:43
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There's already a thread about "Darwinism lives on" in JB.
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 05:40
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2 is safe.
My 20 year old 6'3" 85 kilo bloke hits it very hard.
Most unsafe to get in an argument with.....
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 08:35
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NO......I do not think it is one bit safe ......sorry just my feelings.
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 09:16
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What would you rather have, a highly disciplined, fit, healthy boxer, or some off the rails, ganja smoking, tagged up, asbo'd hoody?

If he's taking an interest in sport, encourage him, don't wrap him up in cotton wool.
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 09:24
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You don't need to wrap him up in cotton wool, he'll have enough of it inside his skull once he's been punched senseless a few times...

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Old 15th Nov 2007, 09:49
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What would you rather have, a highly disciplined, fit, healthy boxer, or some off the rails, ganja smoking, tagged up, asbo'd hoody?
What makes you think that he has to be one or the other?
Encourage him to do a healthy sport that doesn't involve brain damage.
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 10:07
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If he's anything like my two year old he won't be able to differentiate actions in different situations. Kicking a football hard in the park - Good. Kicking a football hard indoors bad. You may find he starts to punch things randomly believing it's a "normal" thing to do.

My little one also likes Rugby - especially the tackles - good job I don't keep a rugger ball in the house
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Old 15th Nov 2007, 10:28
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What makes you think that he has to be one or the other?
Well, of course your right, he doesn't have to be one or the other, but experience tells me that if you get the kids involved in something as disciplined as boxing, they are less likely to do off the rails, (with a few noteable exceptions of course.)

Yes, there is risk of brain and facial (most notably orbital) injuries, but doesn't everything we do carry a bit of risk- would have thought that was healthier than being namby pambied.
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